Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Set up, operate, or tend machines to mix or blend materials, such as chemicals, tobacco, liquids, color pigments, or explosive ingredients.

Median Annual Wage: $34,340

Education: High school diploma or equivalent (87%); Some college, no degree (9%); Post-secondary certificate (2%)

Projected Growth: Decline (-3% or lower)

Related Job Titles: Machine Operator; Mixer; Coater Operator; Blender; Ink Blender; Issuing Operator; Mixer Operator; Ink Maker; Blending Technician; Stock Preparation Operator (Stock Prep Operator)

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More Production Careers

  • Compound or process ingredients or dyes, according to formulas.
  • Read work orders to determine production specifications or information.
  • Mix or blend ingredients by starting machines and mixing for specified times.
  • Observe production or monitor equipment to ensure safe and efficient operation.
  • Collect samples of materials or products for laboratory testing.
  • Dump or pour specified amounts of materials into machinery or equipment.
  • Operate or tend machines to mix or blend any of a wide variety of materials, such as spices, dough batter, tobacco, fruit juices, chemicals, livestock feed, food products, color pigments, or explosive ingredients.
  • Add or mix chemicals or ingredients for processing, using hand tools or other devices.
  • Stop mixing or blending machines when specified product qualities are obtained and open valves and start pumps to transfer mixtures.
  • Examine materials, ingredients, or products visually or with hands to ensure conformance to established standards.
  • Transfer materials, supplies, or products between work areas, using moving equipment or hand tools.
  • Tend accessory equipment, such as pumps or conveyors, to move materials or ingredients through production processes.
  • Record operational or production data on specified forms.
  • Test samples of materials or products to ensure compliance with specifications, using test equipment.
  • Unload mixtures into containers or onto conveyors for further processing.
  • Clean and maintain equipment, using hand tools.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders.

  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders.

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